Patrick Vieira wanted Tottenham move late on in his career.


Arsenal legend Patrick Vieira was eager to join Tottenham Hotspur towards the end of his career claimed Harry Redknapp.

The ex-Arsenal midfielder Vieira spent close to a decade at Arsenal, where he won three Premier League titles.

Redknapp thought the decision was incredible but believes that Vieira was the only one who could cope with the abuse from the Tottenham fans as the veteran midfielder had so much confidence in his ability.

Redknapp's quoted in his book saying: "Patrick Vieira was a different type of midfield player and one every club would like to take now.

"He almost came to me at Tottenham from Inter Milan. I thought it was an incredible decision by him, after he'd been such a hero at Arsenal.

"I met him at his house in Hampstead and he had no fear about what people would think or what reception he would get. He had enough confidence in his ability to just brush it away.

"I remember talking to Daniel Levy, our chairman, about him. He said the crowd would be hostile.

"I knew that - but if he had enough bottle to want to put on our white shirt after all that had gone before, I thought it said something about the man.

"In the end, his circumstances changed and he decided to stay in Italy.

"By the time he did become available - the following January - our needs had changed and Manchester City snapped him up."

The QPR boss also revealed in his book that his biggest regret as a manager was not signing Luis Suarez from Ajax when he was Tottenham boss.

Redknapp`s book stated: "Despite all that has happened in his career since, one of the biggest regrets of my life in management is not taking Luis Suarez to Tottenham when we had the chance.

"Ruud Gullit said to me; `You've got to take him, Harry, he's fantastic.'

"Yet all of our scouts' reports said that at Ajax he played wide off a striker, whereas we were looking for a proper front man.

"Just when I was on the verge of taking the plunge, the price went up. In the end he was sold for £22.8million to Liverpool."


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